|March 17, 1999 - the House Safety Subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee killed the Helmet Modification Bill, HB0050 by voice vote.
The Chairperson, Representative Joyce Hassell (R-Memphis) refused to allow a roll call vote by declaring that if a roll call vote was demanded that the Committee would defer consideration of the Bill until the year 2002. After limiting testimony on the Bill to one speaker , pro and con (without notification to the sponsor of the bill) a voice vote was taken. The 'against passage' witness was a "trauma nurse" from Vanderbilt University Hospital invited by the Transportation Committee Chairman Rob Robinson.
In what could be considered nothing less than an orchestrated hearing only one Representative, Mae Beavers (R-Rutherford County) cast a decidedly 'yes' vote in favor of the bill. It is obvious that until the members ot the Transportation Committee start to vote the will of their constituents, as opposed to their own prejustices and those of the Committee Chair and Sub-Chair, this bill will never see the light of day.
It was a shamefully sad day for all Tennesseans who only wish to reclaim their rights to decide when, where and what type of riding gear is proper for them to safely operate a motorcycle in the state of Tennessee.
--Wayne Shaub email@example.com